Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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The Christina School Board heard last night that there were still air-quality problems at the Pulaski Elementary School from the mold that was discovered there back in August.

Another round of tests was taken last week but the board decided not to close the school despite the continuing effects from the mold.

Board member Shirley Saffer wanted the school to be temporarily closed while the issue was resolved.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that the board did approve a resolution to carry out a districtwide survey of the all 31 buildings for air quality.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's online voter registration portal faced technical difficulties on the last day to register to vote.

Local news organizations report that the Virginia Department of Elections' online voter registration system slowed down Monday and at times became completely unresponsive.

Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes says the department was overwhelmed by the record number of people trying to register by the Monday night deadline.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia leaders have come up with a new name for the city in the unlikely event that it becomes a state.

For decades, statehood advocates have pushed for the state to be called "New Columbia." But on Tuesday, the D.C. Council voted unanimously for the state to be called the "State of Washington, D.C." The "D.C." would stand for "Douglass Commonwealth," in a nod to abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who lived in the District.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was among those being considered by Hillary Clinton to be her running mate.

McAuliffe was among nearly 40 elected officials, military leaders and corporate CEOs considered in the spring for the vice presidential nominee by the Clinton campaign. The list was included among hacked emails from Clinton's campaign chairman disclosed by WikiLeaks.

McAuliffe is a friend of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Clinton ultimately chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who was also on the list.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A business group is holding a panel discussion on Maryland's developing medical marijuana industry.

The Greater Baltimore Committee is holding the panel in Baltimore Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics is scheduled to meet later in the day.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a Germantown man accused of stalking and harassing Miss Maryland.

According to online court records, all three charges were dropped Tuesday against 51-year-old Valencio Fernandes Pires.

Maryland State Police arrested Pires in August after 19-year-old Hannah Brewer of Manchester filed a report saying she had received frightening and unwanted contact from Pires.

Pires' attorney, Francis Malofiy, said in an email that his client says the accusations were false, and is considering his legal options.

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - Investigators say two landfill employees have died after getting trapped in a vertical drain pipe in Suffolk.

Multiple news outlets report police say the incident happened Tuesday morning. Suffolk Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Ted Adams says 35-year-old Eric O'Brien Williams of Portsmouth and 60-year-old Stephen Louis Wilk of Moyock, North Carolina, somehow got stuck in a pipe that was 20 feet deep and three feet wide at John C. Holland Enterprises, Inc.

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Nick Purnell is out as coach for the Washington High School Jaguars basketball team.

Over four seasons Purnell had a 70-to record.

Purnell told the Salisbury Daily Times that he did not resign.

Rather, he told the paper, that someone in the school system had expressed an interest in the position and “they decided to take that route.”

The high school’s athletic director Danny Lamb did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment from the Daily Times.       

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland human services agency is canceling its contract with a for-profit behavioral health care provider in Delaware following the death a 15-year-old girl.
The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Maryland Department of Human Resources will be terminating its contract with AdvoServ on Oct. 31.
AdvoServ provides specialized care for the developmentally disabled. DHR places developmentally disabled youths into AdvoServ facilities.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - One of NASA's main delivery companies has launched its first space station shipment from Virginia in two years.

Orbital ATK's unmanned Antares rocket blasted off Monday night from Wallops Island. It was the first flight of an Antares since a launch explosion on Oct. 28, 2014, that wrecked the pad and destroyed everything on the space station supply run. For the long-awaited comeback, the pad underwent a $15 million face-lift, and the rocket got new Russian engines.

The launch provided a show for sky gazers along much of the East Coast.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - An ex-Wicomico County parole officer states in a lawsuit that a co-worker's comments about the rape of one of her relatives by Dr. Earl Bradley created a hostile work environment.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Rennae Elizabeth Ott filed the lawsuit on Oct. 10, claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit states that officials forced Ott to resign after denying her request to be transferred out of the Salisbury field office.

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A new public opinion finds that 61 percent of Delawareans support legalizing the use of marijuana.

The survey by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication also found that there was also a majority that support the death penalty for murder, Obamacare and increasing the minimum wage.

WBOC reports that Representative John Carney who is running for governor supports the current decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana but takes a wait and see position on legalization.

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The Food Bank of Delaware is expanding to meet the growing need in the First State.

It is moving to an 80-thousand square foot location in the Pencader Corporate Center off Delaware Route 896.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it is twice the size of the current operation in Ogletown.

The paper reports that it adds 8 more loading docks bringing the total to eleven.

This will allow the operation to handle 30 trucks on a daily basis.

In addition, there will be a nine and a-half acre retention pond that will be used for educational purposes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Donald Trump's campaign is planning to spend more than $2 million on TV ads in Virginia, a signal that it continues to view the Old Dominion has a competitive swing state.

The GOP presidential nominee also announced Monday a new state "leadership team" of current and former elected officials, including several Republicans who have aspirations to run for statewide office in 2017.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Police say a University of Delaware student reported that she was sexually assaulted.

Newark police say the 20-year-old woman went to the police department Sunday to report that she was attacked as she walked alone on Saturday night.

Police say the woman reported she was walking on Corbit Street near Wilson Road around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when a man approached her from behind and pushed her against a parked car. He sexually assaulted her, then fled on foot.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Health has ordered the emergency closure of thousands of acres of shellfish harvesting waters to avoid potential contamination from Hurricane Matthew-related flooding and sewage spills "likely containing pathogenic bacteria and viruses."

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  the closures are effective until the end of the month. An additional 80,000 acres of oyster grounds are in "restricted status," meaning harvesting is subject to rainfall and monitoring results because of potential pollution.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a pedestrian was killed on Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway in Smyrna.

The agency said in a news release that the crash happened about 12:30 p.m. Monday. Troopers say 66-year-old James Leggett of Yeadon, Pennsylvania, was driving a tractor and flatbed trailer.

Police say the tractor trailer drifted onto the right shoulder and hit a 64-year-old man who had just gotten out of a truck's driver's side. Authorities say the man landed in the southbound lane.

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The Antares rocket resupply mission to the International Space Station is set to take place tonight after its Sunday launch was scrubbed.

The rocket is expected to take off at 7:40 p.m.

WBOC reports that NASA officials say that a ground support equipment cable did not check out during the pre-launch count down.

The rocket had been scheduled to get off the ground last week but was delayed by Hurricane Matthew.

The rocket’s Cygnus Space Craft will be carrying 5-thousand pounds of supplies to the International Space Station.

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University of Delaware football coach Dave Brock has been fired winning only 12 of the last 32 games.  

His contract had been set to run through 2017.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the announcement was made Sunday afternoon.

In addition, the university said that co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Dennis Dottin-Carter will take up the top job while the school looks for a replacement.

The News Journal reports that when contacted by phone last night Brock said it would be inappropriate to comment.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A new poll shows Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead over Donald Trump in Virginia.

The survey released Sunday by Christopher Newport University has Clinton leading Trump by 15 percentage points in a state that once reliably voted Republican in presidential elections.

The poll of 809 likely Virginia voters was conducted last week, after the release of a video in which Trump can be heard using sexually predatory language.

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A road rage fight in Easton finds three people charged with disorderly conduct.

On Saturday the Easton Police Department was notified of a fights in the Goldsborough Street and Ocean Gateway area.

WBOC reports that the incident was sparked by a vehicle that apparently did not move through the intersection fast enough.

Police say that Cory Thompson honked his horn at Joe O’Banion after which O’Banion flipped his middle finger.

Police say the two cars stopped at the light where the fight took place.

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration is promoting five rules for teen driver safety.

The "5 to Drive" campaign is part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs through Saturday. MVA workers are handing out brochures targeting behaviors that have been shown to reduce the risk of fatal car crashes involving young people.

Number one: No cellphones. The agency says a car going 55 mph can travel the length of a football field in the five seconds it takes to glance at a phone.

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Comedian Tracy Morgan made an appearance in Dover this weekend after his 2014 traffic accident that killed his friend and critically injured him.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the one thing the comedian did not mention was the fact that Dover Downs was his destination when the accident occurred.

He did talk a great deal about the accident Friday night and invited those who were with him in the van the night of the accident to come up on stage.

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman says several people have applied to be the next county sheriff, and there will be a new sheriff in place next month.

James Fitzgerald's last day as sheriff was Saturday. He resigned under pressure after an investigation found he created a hostile work environment by belittling staffers and making racist and sexist comments. Gov. Larry Hogan will appoint his replacement.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - For some neighborhoods in Virginia Beach, the long recovery from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew is just beginning.

On Saturday, emergency management crews and other officials toured several communities where homes were damaged.

Virginia Beach emergency manager Erin Sutton says the teams saw more than 600 homes, and about 100 sustained major damage. Some had more than a foot of water inside. Many homeowners whose property was damaged did not have flood insurance.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Rep. Chris Van Hollen will tour the Lieber Institute & Maltz Research Laboratories at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The congressman is scheduled to visit on Monday.

The tour will feature scientific demonstrations and highlight the facility's work to find new cures for brain disorders.

Van Hollen will discuss the federal role in fostering innovation and cures.

The Lieber Institute is a not-for-profit medical research institute. It was created in 2010 to speed up efforts to find new cures for brain disorders.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The Blue Angels and others are practicing for the Fleet Week Air Show over Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reports participants in the show will practice Friday from noon until about 4 p.m. The Air Force F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning and P-51 Mustang, and the Canadian Air Force's CF-18 Hornet are participating in the show Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday and Sunday, the air show over Baltimore's Fort McHenry will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The show's finale is a 45-minute demonstration by the Blue Angels.

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A student at Wicomico High School is facing charges after she threatened to blow up the school.

The charges arise out of an argument between 18 year old Jy’Asia Bronte Lee Oney and Principal Don Brady on October 6th.

Brady called in County Sheriff’s after she disappeared into the school.

Eventually, they found her and after a confrontation was arrested.

The student was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for an emergency evaluation.

She faces charges that include threatening arson and disorderly conduct among other counts.

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Those who live in manufactured homes got a major break from Delaware’s Supreme Court yesterday.

The justices ruled that a landlords cannot hike their rents by because of other rent increases in the area.

Chief Justice Leo Strine said that the landowners must prove that the rent increases above inflation are directly connected to the maintenance or upgrading the community.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the court said that the landlord must show that the increase compensates for a rise in costs diminishing financial return.


The federal government has told Wesley College in Dover that it violated the rights of a student who had been accused of sexual misconduct.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a settlement requires the institution to make the process fairer for those who have been accused.

The issue arose after a student was accused of setting up a live stream of a senior having sex with a female student without her knowledge.

But the paper reports that the mother of the student filed a complaint saying that her son did not participate in the streaming.